Cockney actor Danny says his hard man image isn't accurate

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Danny Dyer might be known for his tough Cockney image but he was quite different as a child.

The actor, who grew up on a council estate in London’s Docklands, thinks he developed a feminine attitude after his dad left home when he was nine.

‘He’s one of my best mates now, but I was brought up by strong women – my mum and my nan,’ says Danny, 35.

‘I was quite a feminine kid. [I went to an] East London comprehensive school… [Drama] just wasn’t what boys do.

‘I just loved expressing myself like that.’

Danny – who has two kids with long-term girlfriend Joanne Mas – says he’s still quite sensitive and doesn’t live up to his hard man image.

‘I’m from a council estate,’ the Football Factory star tells The Independent Magazine.

‘I’ve never been media-trained, I swear a lot, I walk with a bit of swagger, I’ve played a few gangster roles, but I’m a sensitive soul.

‘I’m a father to my babies. I won’t let people take the piss out of me, but I’m not a hard man.

‘I can’t be bothered with rolling about on the cobbles, mate. A mug’s game.’

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